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Lynn Hershman Leeson: Autonomous Agents.

14 Nov 2007

A Real + Second Life Symposium on 24 November.

Real Life Venue (1pm-5pm GMT)

The Whitworth Art Gallery 
The University of Manchester 
Oxford Road
M15 6ER

Second Life Venue (3.30pm-4.30pm GMT)

Please contact Sue Fletcher for details at:

Cost  Free
About the Symposium

Lynn Hershman Leeson: A Real + Second Life Symposium coincides with the major retrospective exhibition Autonomous Agents: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson. The Guardian's preview of the show spoke of Hershman as an artist 'for whom the creation of self-identity is less a vain game than a matter of profound political import'.

Working in performance, installation, video and film, new media and technology, Lynn Hershman Leeson has explored identity, politics, surveillance and artificial intelligence, operating at the vanguard of artistic innovation from the 1960s onwards.

Autonomous Agents, A Real + Second Life Symposium considers the accumulation of Hershman Leeson's practice and its habitation within live space, cinematic space, the buildings of museums and galleries and most recently, the virtual space of Second Life.
Through 20 minute long presentations, a range of academics and artists will talk about Hershman Leeson's practice, as well as identity, politics, surveillance and artificial intelligence. Confirmed speakers include Professor Gabriella Giannachi (Centre for Intermedia, Exeter University), Professor Amelia Jones (University of Manchester), Professor Nick Kaye (Centre for Intermedia, Exeter University) and Michael Shanks, Faculty Fellow (Stanford Humanities Center, California), as well as the artist herself - Lynn Hershman Leeson.

This free symposium will take place in real life in The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester on Saturday 24 November 2007, 1pm-5pm GMT and on the same day in Second Life at 3.30pm-4.30pm GMT. For Second Life location, contact:

Autonomous Agents, A Real + Second Life Symposium is in collaboration with The Performing Presence Project, a four-year partnership between University of Exeter, Stanford University and University College London funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK and with the support of Stanford Humanities Lab, California.


To book a place at the symposium, please contact: